Your views

We always welcome a Letter to the Editor to share with our readers. Letters will be published unedited, but we’d recommend keeping your points short in order to capture the attention of other readers.

If you have a letter that you’d like to share, get in touch.

Letter: Isle of Wight Council remains strongly committed to supporting children with SEND

paul brading at cowes enterprise college

Cllr Paul Brading challenges the view of Peter Shreeve from the NEU, who suggested that young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are being failed. He sets out why.

Wednesday, 19th June, 2019 7:23pm

By Paul Brading with one comment

Letter: The life of multiple award-winning journalist, Julian Assange, could be in jeopardy

Assange graffiti

This reader believes Julian Assange’s life is in jeopardy and urges anyone else also concerned to act now. She lists how you can help.

Friday, 7th June, 2019 9:54am

By Anna Fauzy-Ackroyd with 13 readers' comments

Letter: Isle of Wight Council is not helpless over 5G and has duty to protect Islanders

stop 5g protestors

The Stop 5G on the Isle of Wight group say "5G is experimental, it has not been proven safe by industry or any other Authority and has no place in our community".

Tuesday, 4th June, 2019 6:43pm

By Janice Jacobs with 4 readers' comments

Letter: Refusal to allow mobility scooter on train a ‘personal attack on people with disabilities’

Islandline trains

Trevor Long says Island Line Train's 'company policy' to not allow mobility scooters is a personal attack on people with disabilities.

Thursday, 23rd May, 2019 10:13am

By Trevor Long with 6 readers' comments

Letter: ‘C’mon Dave Stewart don’t treat us for fools’

Someone dressed as court jester in the street with other people walking past

Steve Gibbs believes changes to how petitions will be accepted, a reduction in the number of public meetings, and the lack of written responses from the council constitute the death of democracy on the Isle of Wight.

Monday, 20th May, 2019 9:35am

By Steve Gibbs with one comment

Letter: Beware government’s new GP practice contracts, says NHS campaigners

Will writing

IOW Save Our NHS is one of dozens of campaign groups across England running a letter-writing campaign urging GPs not to sign the new contracts and making the public aware of how the profession will be severely compromised.

Tuesday, 14th May, 2019 3:03pm

By Christine Lightbody with 3 readers' comments

Letter: Plans to close Ofsted rated ‘Good’ primary school ‘an injustice’

Yarmouth School

Grandparent of pupils at Yarmouth Primary School believes Isle of Wight council should revert to their original reorganisation proposal.

Monday, 13th May, 2019 5:09pm

By Steve Cowley

Letter: Land owners urged to consider implications of leasing land to oil and gas exploration companies

Anti Fracking poster

Anti-fracking campaigners are asking Isle of Wight landowners to consider the full implications of granting leases to oil and gas exploration companies.

Friday, 3rd May, 2019 3:43pm

By Stephen Davis

Letter: ‘Intergenerational Fairness’ a false premise says Solent WASPI

young persona and old person walking arm in arm

The National Pensioners' Convention says "there is considerable evidence that the inequality inside generations is greater than that between generations" and Solent WASPI say it should not be a question of old versus young.

Monday, 29th April, 2019 10:06am

By Shelagh Simmons with 7 readers' comments

Letter: Three mile inland detour for coastal path after English Heritage object

coastal path

English Heritage appear to be blocking a route along the 500yd coastal edge of the Osborne House Estate, resulting in a three mile inland bypass to the road and back to the coast. Mike Slater from the IW Ramblers writes in response.

Thursday, 25th April, 2019 5:06pm

By Mike Slater with 11 readers' comments

Letter: The climate emergency is very real, and very worrying

David Attenborough

This reader has become an active campaigner over the last six months in the movement calling for action from governments to tackle the causes of climate change and believes more people need to know about the climate emergency.

Thursday, 18th April, 2019 6:39pm

By Julie Hutchison with 15 readers' comments

Letter: Brexit is bad for your health, wealth and a tolerant society

nick stuart lib dem

Speaking from a position of knowledge, Nick Stuart says there's no chance of creating new trade deals around the world that will even begin to replace the damage of Brexit.

Wednesday, 3rd April, 2019 10:08am

By Nick Stuart with 17 readers' comments